09/16/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/16/2020 02:56
September 16, 2020 - Since their inception, automobiles were designed to deliver a unique sense of freedom that had never been experienced before. At their core, they're vehicles for change that has allowed people to move freely and an opportunity to find their own way. All of these elements still ring true today, both for those who imagine the open road for the first time, and those who want to design and build the vehicle to take them there. With operations in more than 40 countries, customers in more than 130 countries and approximately 192,000 employees worldwide, FCA aims to understand our fast-paced and ever-changing world. Achieving that goal means anticipating the needs of our customers. The only way to accomplish this goal is by engaging and including diverse people at every point of contact, from factory workers, future car buyers, suppliers and management.
FCA prides itself on being a truly global company where diversity and inclusion are inherent characteristics of the company's fabric. Every day, people from all around the world, step into our offices and plants, bringing with them their special talents, diverse strengths and endearing quirks. They all have an opportunity to do and be their best. These individuals are the energy that allows FCA to create unique portfolio of distinctive brands to meet the needs and expectations of customers and car enthusiasts around the world. Creating such an environment is possible because of a conscious and continuous effort to affirm diversity, not only on a global scale but locally as well.
Over the years, FCA is proud to have contributed to creating positive experiences that allow for all of our employees to lead better lives for themselves and positively impact their community. Programs are in place across the globe to foster diverse and inclusive work environments among employees. Sometimes the positive effect is easier to show than simply using words, like in our plant in Betim (Brazil). The video gives a taste of what life would be like if everything were the same, and the results were, bland.
Most all will agree that tomatoes are delicious, but they're even better when surrounded by, and served with, something else. This amusing and unusual initiative was designed to spark conversations about the importance of including and championing diversity. All programs, opportunities and initiatives take on this multifaceted goal of helping to create change on a global level while focusing on local and regional approaches that respond best to individual circumstances.
In the U.S., the Diversity and Inclusion Office leads change and provides opportunities for workforce engagement. Growing a culture of change is illustrated in Business Resource Groups such as: African Ancestry Network, Asians Connected Together, Diverse Abilities Network, First Nations, Gay and Lesbian Alliance, Latins in Connection, Middle Eastern Employees Together, Women's Alliance, Working Parent Network and the FCA Veterans' Group.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the #IamRemarkable workshop in EMEA, developed alongside Google, provides women an opportunity to celebrate and bring awareness to their own successes. By focusing on both personal and professional success and offering encouragement, the women experienced the extra drive that can ignite greater empowerment. This creates more possibilities and motivation to better ourselves individually, which in turn reinforces our combined strength and unity.
A dynamic and empowered culture can become a strong agent for change outside the walls of our buildings, too. FCA's commitment to diversity and inclusion extends to our supply chain, where we believe the diversity of our suppliers should reflect the diversity of our workforce and the communities in which we do business. Our strong emphasis on supplier diversity has been the catalyst for innovative programs such as our annual Matchmaker event. There, minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses have access to our leadership and buyers, Tier 1 suppliers and leaders from advocacy and certifying organizations. These connections lay the groundwork for future business and innovation by offering an equal opportunity to those who work to make a difference.
FCA understands that when there is the chance to come together, share everyday experiences, and understand personal strengths and weaknesses, there is an opportunity to build something even more significant. What we have been able to accomplish is only the beginning, but we believe it is something. We are appreciative of the recognition that our employees and initiatives have received, but we are focused on doing more.
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Our goal is to contribute to the inclusion, appreciation and understanding of unique sensitivities. By doing so, we not only cultivate a culture of change within our company but also for the world around us and the way we move.
FCA's commitment to promote Diversity and Inclusion is aligned with the principles of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the following Sustainable Development Goals: